At least hear we can share and say what we will and I don’t think some yahoo will come along to buy us out.
Ahmad, Clandestine Organiser
Ahmad is 27 years old, a Pashtun from Loya Paktia who finished his madrassa education in the late 1990s, when the Taleban were ruling Kabul and most of the country. The completion of his early education coincided with the aftermath of the fall of the Emirate, when the remnants of the Taleban regime were re-organizing across the Pakistani-Afghan border. In late 2001, his family, who had earlier spent time in Pakistan and had returned to Afghanistan during the Taleban regime, once again escaped across the border to flee the advancing Northern Alliance.
In 2003, he proceeded to a Pakistani madrassa, in Hangu, to further his religious education. During the two years he spent there, he was deemed promising enough by his teachers to be selected for a para-military training course held in _town, in Punjab (3); there, Ahmad’s studies radically shifted focus and he found himself being groomed, by nonuniformed men he described as para-military instructors, to be an operative deployed in the field. In Punjab, he received a fully-fledged military education, studied basic English and IT and most importantly, was trained to operate undercover while maintaining a public persona that allowed him to live an ostensibly normal life once back in Afghanistan.
Ahmad was trained to become not a field commander in charge of a combat unit, but an officer tasked with organising military operations at district or province level and as a member of an underground structure active far and wide throughout Afghan civil society. Once his training had been completed, and now in his early 20s, Ahmad travelled back to Afghanistan, as a dual citizen. His Pakistani passport and the position of his family, who were now legalised as permanent residents and provided, in kind, with the basics of subsistence, served as reminders of the services he would have to render to those who trained him.
via The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / The evolving Taleban: Changes in the insurgency’s DNA.
It’s not often that we see people on both ends of the political spectrum come together for a common purpose, but that’s exactly what happened in April when thousands of people rallied on the Statehouse lawn in support of expanding health care to more than 275,000 low-income Ohioans, most of whom have jobs and are working taxpayers. Side by side in the pouring rain stood Republicans, Democrats, business groups, union members, advocates for the mentally ill and addicted, hospital officials and health care workers — all with the goal of passing Medicaid expansion.
via Kasich’s Medicaid expansion would help Ohio’s veterans: Thomas Moe and Victor Wilson | cleveland.com.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Settlers from Beit El on Saturday evening threw a Molotov cocktail toward Palestinian vehicles on the Ramallah-Nablus road and near al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah.
The settlers threw Molotovs toward more than one Palestinian car, and even toward passers-by.
A Palestinian car completely burned due to a Molotov cocktail. No injuries were recorded. The driver of the car was able to escape without incident.
Civil defense crews rushed to the area and extinguished the fire.
via Palestinian vehicle burned by settler Molotov | Maan News Agency.